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Orange County Set to Race for the Cure(R)

August 5, 2008

Grab your running, jogging or walking shoes, don some pink and join more than 30,000 activists and survivors fighting to create a world without breast cancer. The 2008 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure will take place at Fashion Island in Newport Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Marking its 17th year, the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is one of Southern California’s largest fundraising events, raising more than $18 million in Orange County since its inception in 1991. This year’s event is under the direction of Race Chair Carla Cammack for the third year in a row. Last year, the Race raised a record $3 million; the fundraising goal for 2008 is to exceed last year’s success.

“We are particularly appreciative this year for every Race participant, volunteer and sponsor who is dedicated to helping us end breast cancer forever — I realize that people are choosing carefully where they invest their time and resources,” said Lisa Wolter, executive director of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R). “The progress we’ve made in breast cancer research and in our local breast health screening and outreach would be impossible without the advocates who realize that breast cancer is an urgent issue that won’t wait.”

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. With nearly 1,900 women in Orange County facing a diagnosis of breast cancer this year, and many more already battling the disease, the Komen Orange County Affiliate is at the forefront of ensuring that life-saving breast health initiatives are accessible to all women in the community, regardless of their age, race, language, sexual orientation or income level.

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised are invested in local breast cancer awareness and education programs, breast self-examination classes, medical and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women, and other unmet community needs through grants to community breast health organizations. The remaining 25 percent is dedicated to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund national breast cancer research.

“Every year I am inspired by the women and families that come together for the Race — they are survivors, family members of loved ones lost and volunteers willing to help out in any way possible,” said Cammack. “It rejuvenates our cause and brings new hope to fulfilling the Komen promise of bringing an end to breast cancer and the pain it causes so many people in our community and the world.”

Local Presenting Sponsors include The Allergan Foundation, Chevron, Extra Mile, The Orange County Register, Ralphs and Food4Less. Platinum Sponsors include ABC7, Coast Magazine, Pacific Life, Time Warner Cable, Yard House Restaurants and Smart Levels Media. Numerous additional sponsors have generously donated funds, products and services.

Race Day Schedule

The 2008 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure will take place Sunday, Sept. 28, starting with a Health and Fitness Expo from 6:30 a.m. until noon. At 9 a.m., breast cancer survivors will be recognized for their triumph over the disease at a special tribute. Three separate races, which will begin on Newport Center Drive at Santa Barbara Drive, are as follows:

 5K Run/Walk  -  7:30 a.m. One-Mile Fun Walk  -  8:00 a.m. Coed 5K Run/Walk  -  9:45 a.m. 

New at the event this year is the KidsZone, where parents and kids can participate in crafts and various children’s activities. The KidsZone is sponsored by familySECURE.com and will be located at the corner of San Clemente and Santa Cruz.

Skip the Paperwork — Register Online

For fast and easy registration, go to www.komenoc.org. Once signed up, participants can register individually or join a team, set fundraising goals and create a personalized link to encourage others to raise money. Participants who register by midnight Sept. 3 can have their Race T-shirts and bibs mailed to them.

Participants can also return completed entry forms via mail, postmarked no later than Sept. 12, to the Komen Orange County Affiliate office at 3191-A Airport Loop Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Walk-in registration will be held at the following sites:

   Wed., Sept. 24    Macy's Westminster Mall           4-8 p.m.   Fri., Sept. 26    Macy's The Shops at Mission Viejo 4-8 p.m.   Sat.  Sept. 27    Macy's Fashion Island             10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

On Race day:

   Sun.  Sept. 28    Adjacent to Pacific Life          6:30-9:30 a.m. 

Can’t make it on Race day? Thanks to the “Sleep In for the Cure” program, participants can register for the Race, fundraise, and be part of the fight without leaving home.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Through events like the Race for the Cure(R), nearly $1 billion has been invested to fulfill that promise, making Komen for the Cure the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

 Media Contact: Inez Be HKA, Inc. (714) 426-0444 inez@hkamarcom.com

SOURCE: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Orange County




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